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Melwood, in West Derbymarker, Liverpoolmarker, is home to Liverpool FC's training ground. It is not attached to The Academy, which is in Kirkbymarker.

It is based in the West Derby area of Liverpoolmarker and has been their home since the fifties. The ground previously belonged to St Francis Xavier, a local school. The area was used as a playing field for the school and Father Melling and Father Woodlock who taught at the school spent hours helping the young boys play football. As a way of remembering the two priests' hard work the ground was named using the first syllables of the names of their names.

Melwood was in a terrible state in 1959, and was transformed into a top class training facility by Bill Shankly. He introduced the five-a-side games that defined his Pass and move, keep it simple, philosophy. Players would meet and change for training at Anfieldmarker and then board the team bus for the short trip to Melwood. After training, they would bus back to Anfieldmarker to shower and change and get a bite to eat. Shankly thus ensured all his players had warmed down correctly and he would keep his players free from injury. Indeed, in the 1965-66 season, Liverpool finished as champions using just 14 players and two of those only played a handful of games.

In January 2001 Liverpool started work on the Millennium Pavilion, a modern facility for players and coaches, designed in part and heavily influenced by then manager GĂ©rard Houllier. There is a small covered area for invited spectators. Training starts early in the morning with players arriving around 9 a.m. The players go through a morning session and are also required to turn in an evening session.

Facilities available

  • Press and meeting room
    • This room is where the manager holds his press conferences. The room is also used by the staff and players when they have team meetings to prepare for games.
  • Dressing rooms
  • Rehabilitation pool
  • Treatment room
    • There's a scanning machine available to look at injuries after games or training sessions.
  • Synthetic surface pitches
  • Training pitches
    • There are several full size pitches at Melwood and one that can be used in all weathers.
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming Pool
    • Each player has his own key card that stores personal information. There is a hypoxic chamber used mainly for the rehabilitation because it helps the players to make a quicker recovery by simulating training at altitude.
  • Recreational facilities
  • Restaurant area
  • Signing area
  • Coaches and tactics room


References

  1. LIVERWEB - Melwood Training Ground
  2. Liverpool Street Names
  3. http://www.liverpoolpictorial.co.uk/streetnames/main.htm
  4. http://www.theica.com/SessionsShankley.html


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